Meyersdale superintendent charged with DUI
Police believe the Meyersdale school superintendent had a blood alcohol content roughly twice the legal limit to drive when he wrecked his pickup truck in August.
State police charged Tracey Karlie, 52, Laurel Falls Road, Meyersdale, with two counts of driving under the influence and one count each of driving on roadways laned for traffic, failing to drive at a safe speed and careless driving.
Police were called to the scene of a one-vehicle crash along Matlick Road in Summit Township on Aug. 25. Karlie was not at the scene when police arrived but returned later. According to court documents, Karlie said he lost control. Once off the roadway, his truck hit a tree and became disabled. He had no cellphone service to call 911 so he walked home, police said. Police said they noticed a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and his eyes were bloodshot. He took an initial breath test at the scene, which showed a blood alcohol level of 0.16 percent.
Karlie was taken to Somerset Hospital. His blood alcohol level there was 0.20 percent, according to police. The legal limit is 0.08 percent.
A preliminary hearing will be scheduled before District Judge Douglas McCall Bell in Meyersdale.
Karlie was hired in 2008 to replace retiring Superintendent Curtis Kerns. He is also the superintendent of record for the Somerset County Technology Center. He declined to comment for this story.